KBTX at 60: Where are they now?

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) -- There have been a lot of people come through the doors at KBTX to cover the stories that matter to you. Where ever our anchors or reporters end up in their careers, many remember the impact that KBTX had on their lives.

Jeff McShan was the sports director at KBTX from 1982 to 1987. As the 90s came around, he went to work in Houston for KTRK and KHOU. McShan says the connections he made at KBTX have lasted.

"You meet people there. I've met people there that I've stayed in touch with my entire life that have moved on in the business. Some have gotten out of the business," McShan shared.

Jenni Lee was a reporter and anchor for KBTX from 1994 to 2001 and covered some of the biggest stories in Bryan/College Station history. She was in your living room after the bonfire fell in 1999.

"It allowed me to anchor," Lee remarked.

"If I wasn't given the opportunity to anchor there, I would never have gotten a job anchoring in Austin. You can't just get a job anchoring in a big market if you didn't have experience, so I do owe my livelihood to KBTX," she continued.

KBTX has alumni working all over the country. From 1992 to 1994 Tamron Hall covered the brazos valley. She went on to work for NBC News, the Today Show and host her own show on MSNBC.

Orelon Sidney was an on-air meteorologist for KBTX from 1989 to 1994. After leaving KBTX, she worked in Houston and at CNN. Orelon has also had a successful acting career. She's now working freelance for the Weather Channel.

People have been waking up to Brazos Valley This Morning for decades. Rodney Harris was one of those faces people would wake up with. In 2009, he left KBTX to work in Atlanta, a top ten television market. Harris says that KBTX not only taught him how to do his job, but the importance of a community.

"What I always say makes it so special are the people," remarked Harris.

"Not only the people at KBTX, but in Bryan/College Station in general. I was always surrounded by such special people who did a great job of leading by example and really showing me a lot of things that I have used well beyond a newscast," he continued.

In fact, it's something about those weather folks. Travis Herzog is a name you might still hear around town. For three years, he was the morning meteorologist on BVTM before heading off to Houston.

"I will forever be indebted to Mike Wright, Barbara Smith and Brenda Sims, my original co-anchors at KBTX," Herzog said.

"I was starting my senior year at Texas A&M when they hired me aboard and took a big chance on me. It was the encouragement of people like you that really helped me get going early on in my career as a broadcast meteorologist," Herzog said.

As we look forward to our next 60 years, there's one common tie; the people who've worked at KBTX love with the Brazos Valley and look forward to seeing what's to come.